Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Heat Transfer Technique.

The German standard reference "Heat Transfer Technique with Organic Fluids" is now published as an international edition. The new, third edition - a project of the media brand PROCESS of Vogel Communications Group - is now available in English as Vogel-Reference-Book.

Heat transfer systems with organic fluids are widely used in the industry. The responsible engineers and planners must be up to date with the latest technology. In addition, they must know and observe the legal framework as well as the conditions and standards in detail.

The established standard book 'Heat Transfer Technique with Organic Fluids' by author Walter Wagner comprises the continuous technological development of this special field of process engineering. It provides detailed and well-founded information on the basics of heat transfer technology and presents current technologies and processes.

It also contained explanations of the latest regulations and standards, which are essential for the design, construction and operation of heat transfer installations. Thematically, the book is rounded off with an overview of property data of organic heat transfer fluids as well as many use cases from practical experience.

 #PAuto @vogelcomgroup @ProcessWW

Intelligent displacement sensor added.

With their BMP series Balluff has added a new intelligent displacement sensor which provides not only the absolute position signal for the stroke travel of a piston via IO-Link but also information about the sensor status and the current ambient conditions.

It monitors for example the sensor temperature, the number of starts and issues warnings when a configurable limit value is violated. An internal counter continuously monitors the operating hours over the entire life of the sensor, both since the last service and the last start-up. This makes it possible to plan for a possible needed replacement at the next service interval.

The integrated IO-Link interface also offers flexibility; it enables for example fast format changes thanks to time-saving parameterization functions. This magnetic, non-contact and wear-free sensor continuously detects the absolute position of a piston, is compatible with virtually all cylinder types and is quickly installed. Preferred applications include those where the exact execution of a defined piston stroke is essential for the process and product quality, for example in assembly, handling and factory automation.

#Pauto @Balluff @mepaxIntPR

Single automation platform for North America.

Harpak-ULMA has introduced its latest smart, connected packaging solution: the Trave® line, built by G. Mondini, which utilizes Rockwell Automation’s Integrated Architecture® (Allen-Bradley®) production control and information system.

They also announced G. Mondini’s commitment to standardizing on a single automation platform in North America. The move reflects a growing awareness that a smart, connected automation platform delivers significant competitive advantages over traditional automation approaches - which often embody a mix of components from different automation suppliers.

Kevin Roach, Harpak-ULMA’s CEO, stated that the updated Trave line also represents a great opportunity to highlight Harpak-ULMA’s Augmented Reality strategy. He complimented Giovanni Mondini’s leadership foresight. “I have tremendous respect for Giovanni’s brilliant intuition – he has a knack for identifying the “next big thing” that will shake up the packaging industry. Adopting a smart, connected strategy in North American operations helps solidify Harpak-ULMA’s thought leadership by delivering real value for customers. It also is another important milestone in Harpak-ULMA’s technology vision and roadmap to introduce disruptive innovation across our served markets.”

“Smart, connected machines play an essential role in a manufacturer’s digital transformation process,” said Mike Wagner, global OEM business manager for Rockwell Automation. The Integrated Architecture platform dramatically accelerates and eases integration with advanced software applications, such as augmented reality (AR). Harpak-ULMA’s deployment of PTC’s Vuforia AR software, part of the FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, powered by PTC, guides staff maintenance or production activities through 3D step-by-step work instructions using available tablets, smartphones, or glasses. AR applications dramatically reduce staff learning curves while improving maintenance outcomes. Harpak-ULMA joined the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork as an OEM Machine Builder to facilitate Roach’s vision for delivering smart, connected packaging solutions that leverage digital technologies to improve producer agility or emerging capabilities such as cloud-based data models that enable predictive maintenance.

Standardizing on the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture platform for controls offers several immediate, tangible producer benefits. Allen-Bradley replacement parts and controls technicians are widely available through the company’s extensive distribution network. Such widespread availability, combined with easy access and modification of the control’s software, means producers have more options when it comes to resolving maintenance issues that might otherwise result in extended line downtimes, or limit them to more costly repair options. In addition, the combination of rich information access and easier integration with other systems is proving attractive to producers that place a premium on the competitive advantages of a more connected enterprise.

“We are excited to have Harpak-ULMA in the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork. They continue to pursue innovative solutions that respond to the demand for smart, connected equipment,” Wagner said.

The approach further enhances G. Mondini’s rugged, heavy duty Trave line of tray sealing machines, already renowned for high reliability, low maintenance requirements, and the industry’s longest warranties. The Trave line uses an elegantly simple electro-mechanical lifting and sealing design that replaces failure prone pneumatics and employs a unique, patented multi-film handling system. The extremely accurate servo-screw, torque-based lifting and sealing technology ensures repeatable, high-quality sealing process control. Harpak-ULMA’s Trave line is the only domestic tray sealer available today that accommodates multiple film handling technologies on the same machine, including Sealed Air’s Cryovac® Darfresh On Tray® vacuum skin packaging that achieves zero scrap loss.

The Trave’s design enables the highest output speeds available today, and its ‘open design’, full wash down/sanitary capability is unique to the market. Mondini’s reputation for innovation-driven packaging solutions dates to 1972, when it pioneered the use of rigid packaging food containers. The company continually invests in people and technology, while constantly monitoring market trends in served geographies. Mondini executive leadership noted a surge of demand by U.S. and Canadian producers for smart manufacturing-enabled packaging solutions as the impetus for adopting Rockwell Automation’s Integrated Architecture® control and information platform in this region.

 #Pauto #Packaging @HarpakULMA @ROKAutomation

Magmeter upgraded.

Picomag plug-and-play flowmeter measures flow of electrically conductive fluids, process temperature and conductivity.

The smart plug-and-play Picomag electromagnetic flowmeter has been updated by Endress+Hauser. The Picomag update enables measurement of flow of electrically conductive fluids and the process temperature and conductivity. It enables easy commissioning with Bluetooth using the SmartBlue App and seamless integration with IO-Link technology.

Picomag can be installed into any pipe up to 2” in diameter, even in confined spaces. For this purpose, there are various process connection adapters available, such as NPT-thread, R-thread, internal thread, Tri-Clamp or Victaulic. Picomag is a cost-optimized solution for applications where the focus is on high repeatability (±0.2% o.f.s.) and reliable measured values – e.g. for correctly measuring water flows 198 gal/min or for minimizing energy costs in utility applications.

Picomag is suitable for process temperatures between 14 to 158 °F (temporarily up to 185 ºF) as well as for process pressures up to 232 psi. Picomag requires no inlet and outlet runs and thus can be mounted directly before or after a pipe bend.

The user-friendly display allows a quick and easy reading of flow, temperature, conductivity and totalizer values. Errors occurring during operations, such as a partial pipe filling or an exceeded temperature limit, are displayed via diagnostic symbols in accordance with NAMUR recommendation NE107. The screen rotates automatically depending on the installation position (horizontal or vertical). Configuration parameters can be called up and monitored by simply knocking on the device.

It is possible to carry out wireless configuration or data retrieval over a distance of 32 ft Bluetooth connection– even at installation sites which are difficult to access. Endress+Hauser’s SmartBlue App allows quick and easy navigation through all device and diagnostic functions.

Picomag provides digital data transmission to process control systems via IO-Link technology. The IO-Link master as an interface allows users to have comprehensive data access from the control room. Other advantages of the IO-Link technology include the automatic transfer of parameters after a device replacement as well as low wiring effort as compared to conventional wiring.

• See also #empowerthefield – release the potential! 

#PAuto #Flow  @Endress_Hauser @Endress_US @Endress_UK

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Three I/O modules join family!

Opto 22 will release three new groov EPIC® input/output modules later this month. They will extend an already comprehensive industrial I/O portfolio. For system integrators and engineers, the new I/O modules provide more options for bringing existing devices into groov EPIC, as well as meeting precise requirements for temperature control applications. They also include budget-beating designs for mixed signal types, signal isolation, and channel density:

GRV-IDCSW-12 (discrete input, 12 channels, DC contact switch status) monitors the open/closed status of dry contact switches, and provides the necessary excitation voltage to power the circuit. This module is ideal for monitoring distributed IT equipment, benchtop analyzers, motor run/stop relays, or any device that offers only a dry contact for status. Because there’s no need to install separate power supplies to drive these dry contacts—since wetting and monitoring are both provided—this module can save considerable time, money, space, and installation effort.

GRV-IVI-12 (analog voltage input, 12 channels, ±1.25 to ±160 V, channel-to-channel isolation): With 12 isolated channels, each configurable to one of eight ranges from ±1.25 to ±160 V, this module eliminates the need to segregate I/O signals over multiple modules, providing significant cost and space reduction for mixed voltage applications. The GRV-IVI-12 has 20-bit resolution and is accurate to 0.1% of the configured range. It includes options for scaling, filtering, averaging, and more, speeding development time and distributing computation functions down to the I/O module.

GRV-IRTD-8 (analog input, 8 channels, temperature/RTD or resistor) increases options for accuracy and I/O density in temperature applications. It provides 8 channels for 2- and 3-wire RTD inputs, with a maximum range of –200 °C to 850 °C. Users can take advantage of multiple fixed ranges or one of two auto-ranging methods to simplify configuration. GRV-IRTD-8 can also be used for high-resolution resistance measurements, with accuracy ranging from 4.2 Ohms at the 8K Ohm input range to 0.058 Ohms at the 10 Ohm range for 3-wire RTDs.

PAC Project 10.2003 or the Opto 22 Library Package for CODESYS v1.0.2.0 are required for full support of these modules.

Opto 22 designs groov I/O modules with the end user in mind, including many features to make them easy to specify, install, configure and support for even the most challenging applications. These new modules continue that tradition with the following features:
+ Two-position, hinged LED module cover that indicates module status and covers field terminations

+ Touch-sensitive pad to trigger module information display on the groov EPIC processor

+ Removable top-mounted connector with single, captive retention screw

+ Spring-clamp field wiring terminals

+ Hot swappable for installation and removal without turning off or stopping the system

+ UL Hazardous Locations approved and ATEX compliant

+ Wide operating temperature range of –20 to +70 °C

+ Individually calibrated and factory tested twice—no statistical testing

+ Guaranteed for life

With this latest module release, users can choose from almost 40 types of groov I/O modules to support their application requirements. Combined with its variety of embedded software tools for control, visualization and connectivity, this extensive I/O family makes groov EPIC one of the most versatile tools for industrial automation and IIoT (industrial internet of things) systems.

#PAuto @opto22

When cameras exceed their limits.

Custom-made products are required whenever standard industrial cameras reach their limits. Especially for small projects, however, development and cost expenditure are often disproportionately high.

Thanks to its flexible modular design principle, the new uEye ACP concept from IDS Imaging Development Systems enables individual, economical solutions to be created – even from single units. With just a few clicks, users can put together their own individual board level camera model using an online configurator and request a quote directly from the manufacturer.

"With the new uEye ACP models, we offer our customers an economical solution for obtaining individual cameras even for small quantities. They combine high quality, needs-based functionality and simple handling," explains Alexander Klingner, Project Manager Customized Solutions at IDS.

Customers can choose between USB3 and GigE Vision interfaces, extensions such as connector boards (RJ45, M12, MicroB), ribbon cables and lens mounts as well as a large number of different image sensors. This allows the board level cameras to be easily adapted to individual requirements.

The modular system ensures that long development cycles are avoided. Since almost all components are manufactured by IDS itself, the cameras are usually available at short notice. The components can be further modified by the IDS technology experts on request. Alternatively, the company also offers classic special developments – from customer-specific branding to individual designs and special software adaptations.

#PAuto @IDS_Imaging @InPressPR

Approval for signal quality analyser.

Anritsu's Signal Quality Analyzer-R Series MP1900A has been approved by PCI-SIG®*1 as a compliance test measuring instrument for PCI Express 4.0® (PCIe Gen4). The MP1900A is already approved as an R&D test instrument supporting Gen3 compliance tests and is now approved for the Gen4 test standards.

To speed-up serial-bus interfaces of communications equipment and high-end computers, the PCIe standard is transitioning from Gen3 (8GT/s) to Gen4 (16GT/s). PCIe Gen4 was adopted as a communications standard in August 2017 and has been discussed and examined for compliance testing since then. As part of this process, the MP1900A was approved as a compliance test measuring instrument for PCIe Gen4 based on the results of testing at the May 2019 PCI-SIG Compliance Workshop, and the MP1900A has been in use for certifying PCIe products since August 2019.

The PCI-SIG-approved MP1900A is a high-performance, multi-channel, bit error tester with world-beating output waveform quality, high input sensitivity, and a built-in jitter and noise source. With these high-performance hardware features, the MP1900A PCIe Gen4 test solution is ideal for automating Tx/Rx LEQ tests*2 required for compliance tests. Also, with built-in analysis functions delivering excellent reproducibility support analysis of signal quality issues caused by high-speed transmission path losses.

All Gen1 to Gen4 tests are supported by a single MP1900A, which also supports the new Gen5 standard. Additionally, 32-Gbaud PAM4 signals required by the future Gen6 standard are also supported.

As a result, the MP1900A helps cut PCIe design, inspection, and certification work burdens, while also improving quality.

* PCI-SIG Specifications.

#TandM @AnritsuEMEA @Anritsu @pci_sig @NapierPR 

Data in the cloud!

Beijer Electronics’ cloud solution with acirro+ provides a new opportunity to get insights to streamline a machine’s operation and improve operations.

The business of makers of Things, machine builders or providers of other technical equipment, runs on data. Data that can tell when machines are running efficiently and indicate when maintenance or other measures need to be introduced.

The threshold to accelerating into digital has never been lower than now, closing the gap between OT and IT. Beijer Electronics’ X2 HMIs and BoX2 devices are now IIoT ready by standard and fully prepared to help clients to move their machine data to the cloud.

A secure cloud connection is easily set up in the acirro+ platform to start moving machine data to the cloud. The solution is simple to implement on a machine without needing to re-wire an existing installation or re-program an existing application.

Data in the cloud enables customers to analyse and understand past events using large amounts of historical data. Diagnose outages quicker and shorten time to resolution. Understanding evolution patterns, average variations and peak data changes are essential. Historical data helps customers forecast future events and act upon them.

With data securely stored in the cloud, customers are able to create visual dashboards that combine different data sources, no matter how simple or complex, into a single view including bar graphs, pie charts, etc. Key performance indicators from machines can be viewed in real or near-real time using the runtime dashboard.

#PAuto @beijerinc 

#empowerthefield – release the potential!

97% of all instrument data at the field level is unused.

The new iTHERM TrustSens from Endress+Hauser, makes it possible to carry out continuous, traceable monitoring during the process thanks to a completely automated inline self-calibration function. This unique sensor technology represents a milestone in temperature measurement technology and offers added value, especially for users who need continuous monitoring of heating or sterilization processes. Apart from a high degree of process safety and improved system availability, iTHERM TrustSens furthermore eliminates the risk of nonconformities occurring during production.

97 percent of all instrument data at the field level is unused. With a live demonstration at its exhibit booth at BrauBeviale 2019 (Nuremberg {D}12-14/11/2019)*, the company will illustrate how customers can release this hidden potential. To support plant operators with the digitalization of their system components, they have developed their own IIoT ecosystem that focuses on the utilization and management of assets. In combination with the innovative diagnostics information from their Heartbeat technology, for instance, this makes it possible to determine the actual maintenance requirement or prevent unplanned system downtime.

When it comes to ensuring a consistently high level of quality during product manufacturing, inline measurement technology plays a decisive role. Whether it involves determining the pasteurization units in the heater, measuring the color in liquids or determining concentration-specific parameters via density, measurement values must be precise, reproducible and permanently stable. This is the only way to guarantee the required quality.

* Endress+Hauser will be presenting automation concepts and intelligent, self-monitoring measurement technologies that help make production processes safer and more efficient. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how they can carry out precise measurements or satisfy process and system requirements in the age of Industry 4.0 with the help of intelligent instruments, complete solutions and services. Endress+Hauser will also present innovative calibration services and demonstrate how field instruments can be utilized to enable applications such as predictive maintenance or efficient asset management.
The Picomag electromagnetic flowmeter will also be on display, which offers compact flow measurements with integrated conductivity measurements in a handheld format, is suitable for use with water circulation systems, among other applications. (See also Magmeter upgraded.)
An additional product highlight for 2019 is the Promass Q Coriolis-based mass flow measurement instrument for demanding applications. This instrument relies on multi-frequency technology that makes it possible to precisely determine the degree of foam in ice cream or cream cheese, for instance. 
Another product tailored to the needs of the food industry is the cost-efficient Nivector FT126 capacitive level switch for all powders and fine-grained solids. This instrument offers best-in-class build-up monitoring performance. Thanks to IO-Link communications capability, the FT126 is also Industry 4.0-ready.

#Brewing #PAuto @Endress_Hauser @Endress_US @Endress_UK

Monday, October 21, 2019

Keeping an eye on the rudder!

TruSail is a performance sailing specialist and the name of a modular wireless sensing telemetry system that provides a unique scientific and measurable tool for racing sailboats. Used for expert training by elite sailors and coaches, typically competing at national, international and Olympic level, the system includes real-time measurement and advanced analysis of the most significant dynamic forces that influence sailboat performance. Armed with this data, which may be analysed instantly whilst on the water, sailors can react and improve their performance technique affording a solid team advantage compared to traditional and delayed classroom debriefing methods.

As part of the measurement components used on the TruSail system, Ixthus Instrumentation is supplying Euro-CMRK series angle sensors for the TruSail’s rudder and boom position feedback as well as application expertise that helped the sailing specialists meet its stringent marine environment and performance specifications.

TruSail’s technical director Glynn Lloyd explains the requirements in detail. “Our products need to be light because any additional weight on the boat will potentially slow it down or change the "feeling" of the boat to the sailor. TruSail systems have to work in all weather conditions and because the sailors perform to the limits - with meticulously fine margins between winning and losing - every fraction of a percent in performance really matters. At such extreme limits, high speed capsizing can be frequent so our systems need extreme durability and waterproofing. The Euro-CMRT angle sensors specified by the engineers at Ixthus Instrumentation have proven ideal for these conditions and their miniature design helps keep the TruSail’s size and weight to a minimum.”

At only 10 mm in diameter and 15 mm housing length, and with an M8 threaded mounting and a 3.175 mm flatted shaft, the Euro-CMRT programmable angle sensor now used by TruSail features Hall Effect non-contacting technology in an extremely lightweight IP68 sealed design. Manufactured by Variohm EuroSensor – Ixthus’ sister company in the Variohm Group – this new product is the latest version of a comprehensive range of Hall Effect angle sensors that excel for proven durability, long life, high duty-cycle and exceptional reliability. As the smallest angle sensor in Variohm’s range, it is perfectly suited to precision angle measurement tasks where light-weight and restricted installation space are important design considerations.

For the rudder sensor, the Euro-CMRT is mounted inside the TruSail housing which also includes telemetry electronics. Measuring the rudder angle through the tiller link mechanism (see image with inset below), the sensor’s angle is transmitted to a large display at the front of the boat that sailors are able to monitor as well as to a tablet on the coaches’ boat which runs the main telemetry and performance analysis application software. A similar TruSail system with a further CMRT sensor provides the team with the sailboat’s boom angle position and up to four boats may be linked at the same time with information shared between sailors and coaches. As the sailors are directly able to adapt their sailing style using the monitors, and coaches can support them on the water during the actual training session, sailing performance, boat set-up and learning are all optimised.

The Euro-CMRT is part of a new family of Hall Effect long-life angle sensors that include the 18 mm PCD flange mounting Euro-CMRS and the puck-and-magnet design of the Euro-CMRK. The new products are based on preceding Hall Effect sensors that enjoy a high reputation in measurement applications that include industrial automation, motorsports, mobile construction machinery and agricultural vehicles. Improved production and assembly techniques have led to smaller footprint products with added flexibility that allows straightforward mechanical and electrical adaptation to exactly match the customer’s requirements.

Across the new Euro-CMRx range a choice of single or dual redundant output, with CW or CCW direction, includes ratiometric or PWM signal levels from an industry standard 5 VDC input. Programmable angles from 30⁰ up to 360⁰ in 1⁰ increments are specifiable with independent linearity to within +/- 0.5% of each signal range. The CMRx family offers a vibration rating that meets IEC 600068-2-6 and a temperature range from -40° C to +125° C, with short term operation to 150° C. Working life is rated in excess of 50 million movements for the housed sensors and the completely contactless puck and magnet version has a virtually unlimited life. Encapsulated sensor electronics combined with high grade anodised aluminium housing and stainless steel shaft materials further ensure reliability and performance for the most demanding environments.

#Marine #Transport @IxthusInst @mepaxIntPR 

Miniature integrated motor.

Applied Motion Products (AMP)  has launched a Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled integrated miniature microstepping motor package that combines a closed-loop digital drive, feedback encoder and an Ethernet-supported motion controller as a single-cable positioning solution. With PoE linked drive/controller power and Ethernet communications over a single cable the unique TSM14POE series, based on AMP’s well proven StepSERVO™ technology, will bring a new level of application capability for miniature decentralised automation tasks with time and cost savings through simplified wiring as well as compactness and location flexibility.

Available through Mclennan - AMP’s European distribution partner – the NEMA size 14 integrated motor could be applied to existing PoE-linked devices such as IP Camera systems to add positioning capability, or to miniature automated devices such as robotics, end effectors, small actuators and medical instruments.

AMP’s StepSERVO™ technology provides greater torque, higher acceleration rates, better efficiency, decreased motor heating, and less audible noise than traditional, open-loop step motor systems. For the new TSM14POE series the drive stage is combined with an integral 4096 ppr magnetic encoder providing high accuracy position and speed feedback through a choice of industrial Ethernet protocols including Ethernet TCP/IP, EtherNet/IP and Modbus TCP. Motion control via AMP’s Q Programming language enables axis positioning plus motion profiles with maths and conditional functions available along with stored program execution for machine interaction over Ethernet.

The TSM14POE is compatible with IEEE 802.3at Type 2 specifications for PoE+ and with switches and injectors that support the standard. A choice of models offer X-coded M12 or modular RJ-45 connectors for application flexibility. Both have square nominal housing dimensions of 35 mm x 35 mm with the slightly longer M12 connector option being approximately 109 mm, and 99 mm for the RJ-45 option. Speed and torque characteristics are application dependent with nominal holding torque in the region of 0.4 Nm. Additionally, AMP and Mclennan offer the TSM14POE series complete with integrated low-backlash planetary gearheads in a wide range of ratios where increased torque performance is required.

TSM series stepServo™ integrated motors are also available in larger and smaller frame sizes with conventional power supply requirements. Users can choose from NEMA size 11 to 34 packages with torque output from around 0.1 to over 8 Nm with a wide selection of control and interfacing options. Motor speeds up to 3600 rpm and encoder resolutions of 20,000 counts/rev make the range suitable for a very wide range of motion control applications.

 #PAuto #McLennan @ampmotion @mepaxIntPR

Distributorship in Bangla Desh.

FPT Industrial has appointed Banglamark Corporation as its new distributor in the market in Bangla Desh and the opening of its new premises in Dhaka.

With headquarters in Dhaka, Banglamark is one of the leading Bangladeshi company with 20 years’ experience in engineering and construction, information and financial technologies, heavy equipment, marine solutions, trading, energy and power industries.

The new distributorship agreement will enable FPT Industrial customers to equip their boats with higher horsepower engines and will help supplying the energy demand in Bangladesh.

“The appointment of Banglamark is our first step to establish a strong footprint for FPT Industrial in Bangladesh,” said Michelangelo Amelia, FPT Industrial Country Manager SEA. “The FPT Industrial range of premium Cursor and NEF engines, offers the perfect answer for the durability and reliability needs of our Bangladeshi customers.”

Rob Steven, CEO at Banglamark, added: “We are introducing 150 years’ experience and quality product into Bangladesh market. Together with FPT Industrial we look forward to Powering the Future.

@FPTIndustrial #Powertrain #Bangla_Desh

Friday, October 18, 2019

Challenge to make splash.

Being active together for a good cause: this is the idea behind the Endress+Hauser Water Challenge. In local events, employees donate a fixed amount for every kilometer covered, and the company doubles the amount raised. The money will be used for water aid projects in Asia, Africa and South America. After the kick-off in Reinach (CH), the initiative will now be carried around the world by the Group’s companies.

“For many people, clean drinking water is a valuable and scarce commodity,” explains Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group. For decades, the company has supported safe, efficient and environmentally friendly water supply and treatment with its products, solutions and services. “Now we are transferring this commitment to the non-profit sector,” said the CEO. The aim is to give more people access to clean water.

The Endress+Hauser Water Challenge is open to all employees of the company who like to move and at the same time want to do something good for other people. “The shared experience is more important than a quick time,” emphasizes Matthias Altendorf. The routes should always be close to water. The activities can vary – from hiking and cross-country skiing to swimming, everything is possible. The money collected will always be used for a specified water aid project.

At the kick-off of the Endress+Hauser Water Challenge on 10 October 2019 in Reinach, 250 employees ran and walked a total of around 2,300 kilometers. Smaller runs took place on the same day on the fringes of company events in Vienna and Freiburg, (D). In the end, around 10,000 CHF (€9100) was collected from the first charity run. Further campaigns at international locations are being planned.

With the money from the Reinach run, a well is to be drilled in the village of Dak Lak in the Vietnamese province of Kon Tum, which will ensure the water supply even in periods of drought. There are also systems and installations planned to treat and store the water. Endress+Hauser employees in Vietnam will make sure that the donation goes entirely to the water aid project.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Open communication standard in pharma recognised.

OPEN-SCS and Werum IT Solutions successfully staged the “OPEN-SCS plug fest” at Werum’s headquarters in Lüneburg (D).  The OPEN-SCS working group is partnered with the OPC Foundation to develop an open source standard covering the complete business transaction for the data exchange in pharma packaging serialization.

OPEN-SCS honored with Pharma 4.0 Award
During the plug fest the interfaces between the ISA levels 2-3 and 3-4 and the different vendors have been tested. Besides Werum (manufacturing IT including serialization solutions) the companies ACG (end-to-end pharmaceutical solutions), ADVANCO (packaging/distribution serialization and track and trace level 3 and 4), and WIPOTEC (serialization provider of level 2 systems) took part in the interoperability tests. Complex data containing, for instance, serialization mass data, were exchanged and the compliance with the OPC UA standard checked.

“The results are very satisfactory,” says Costantino Pipero, leading the event on behalf the OPC Foundation. “We fully achieved our goals, testing the interfaces, interoperability, and compliance adherence. The specification is viable, that means no changes are needed. For OPEN SCS this is the basis to now start and speed up implementation.”

In recognition of its efforts to develop an open communication standard, the OPEN-SCS working group was honored with the Pharma 4.0 Award by the Pharma MES / Pharma TRACKTS! conference. The award will further boost OPEN-SCS to realize its vision: to reduce the total cost of ownership for packaging serialization in the pharma and biotech industry.

 #PAuto #Pharma @Werum @OPCFoundation

Connection and cable facility opened.

To support the unprecedented growth of its Benelux business, LEMO has invested in a new, purpose-built, hi-tech and eco-friendly facility near Amsterdam.

"With 2,500 m2 (doubled in size), we have plenty of growing room to triple assembly and double office staff," says Niels Zonneveld Managing Director of LEMO Benelux.

Their Dutch subsidiary was opened in 2005 initially to cover the Benelux market. Meanwhile, its staff grew from 2 to over 50 people. Today, LEMO Netherlands has a cable assembly department as well and is home to the LEMO European Distribution Centre, supplying several European companies. It also hosts the European stock of LEMO’s Northwire Cable.

Located in Haarlem, the new, pure contemporary style 3-storey building has been designed for efficiency. Expert support was provided to the architects in order to optimise the flow of goods and people. The facility also offers expanded inventory and expedited delivery services.

#PAuto #Benelux @mepaxIntPR @LEMOConnectors

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Powering the food chain...

On a trip to Rome some years ago we were introduced to the extraordinary food enterprise called Eataly* - a sort of IKEA for food albeit Italian food and drink (is there any better sort!). This made this story more interesting to us.

Have you ever wondered how much work is hidden behind a glass of wine? Or how wheat is sown, harvested and transformed into a pasta dish? FPT Industrial and Eataly announce a three-year partnership to recount the food chain, from farm to table. The two companies have chosen an exceptional stage for this world premiere: Eataly Smeraldo in Milan, where, throughout the month of October, visitors can learn about the ingredients of this special story.

The special Cursor X framework in the Eataly Smeraldo store in Milan

The Milanese store is welcoming visitors in a tailor-made setting representing vine shoots to celebrate the month of wine. Cursor X - the engine concept of the future, a symbol of how FPT Industrial conceives technology, innovation and sustainability - is displayed hanging from Eataly Smeraldo's stage, among the roots of a vine tree. The engine, designed for Planet Earth and for greener agriculture, is Multi-power, because it can be powered by natural gas, electric batteries and hydrogen; Modular, easy to install and quick to maintain; Multi-application, adapted to any vehicle and mission; Mindful, capable of self-learning, predicting and programming its own maintenance. The set-up has been designed to be sustainable as the emissions for its production will be offset by the planting of trees.

From seeds to high-quality food on our tables, FPT Industrial and Eataly divide the story of the virtuous production process in the store into four thematic areas dedicated to typical products of Italian cuisine: wine, pasta, tomatoes and cheese.

With its engines, FPT Industrial helps to plant, harvest and deliver high-quality products to our table, placing sustainability at the heart of its research. Throughout its history, the Brand has been a key player in the changes of agriculture, thanks to its innovative and increasingly environmentally friendly engines.

Today, 40% of the wheat and 80% of the wine grapes in the world are harvested thanks to machines powered by FPT Industrial. “The partnership with Eataly is one that once again makes us proud of our products and our mission, because we can recount and explain the role of our engines along the entire food chain”, says Carlo Moroni, Head of Communication for FPT Industrial. “From farm to table, FPT Industrial is the sustainable and innovative engine of agriculture”.

“The earth is tired. Therefore, technologies that express environmental responsibility are very welcome”, explains Francesco Farinetti, CEO of Eataly. “The agricultural sector production chain is witness to virtuous changes through technologies that express respect for the environment. If we can also do our small part by telling our customers about these new frontiers, then we do it very willingly. For us, the ideal scenario is to innovate while preserving traditions”.

The story of this chain is also broken down into two events at Eataly Smeraldo. The first one will be held on October 18th at 6:30 p.m. with Chiara Maci, the new TV face of Food Network with the series "L'Italia a morsi", presenter of the show "Cuochi e Fiamme" and author of various cookbooks. She will be the key figure of a cooking show that will engage the public in the preparation of original dishes.

I'm hungry already.... Sláinte!

* We understand that their are branches of Eataly in the USA and possibly in other countries.

@FPTIndustrial @EatalyIT #Food #Italy

Industry leader recognition.

Delta has just been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) 2019 assessment as the industry leader within the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components sector for the fourth time.

With the global challenge of climate change and strong competition among peers, Delta has now been included in the DJSI World Index for the 9th consecutive year and in the DJSI Emerging Markets Index for the 7th consecutive year. The 2019 DJSI survey not only underscores Delta's continuous dedication towards climate change action and superior performance in economic and social dimensions, but also rewards the Company with the highest score in 8 criteria, outperforming the previous years. The DJSI assessment recognizes Delta’s efforts in the three dimensions of ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance). With its focus on climate change action, in 2018, Delta reduced its carbon intensity by 16.8% in efforts to achieve the Science Based Target (SBT) set in 2017 of reducing its carbon intensity 56.6% by 2025.

Mr. Jesse Chou, Delta's chief sustainability officer, highlighted, "Our long-term commitment is to realize Delta's corporate mission, 'To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow', by leveraging our core competence in high-efficiency power electronics, developing comprehensive energy-saving solutions capable of lowering mankind's carbon footprint, implementing carbon reduction, and fully disclosing our goals and progress in ESG. Delta achieved its scheduled milestone of 16.8% science-based carbon reduction in the first year. In 2019 our cooperation with the Delta Electronics Foundation in the promotion of environmental education and green buildings and transportation concepts helped us achieve full credits in “Innovation Management”, “Environmental Reporting”, and "Social Reporting”. Delta also led the electronics industry in 5 major criteria for the 2019 DJSI corporate sustainability assessment: “Materiality”, “Risk and Crisis Management”, “Codes of Business Conduct”, “Product Stewardship”, and “Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy”. Delta’s dedication to innovative development, enhancing eco-efficiency, increasing its percentage of renewable energy, and balancing the development on ESG, have supported us in achieving this year's industry leadership position."

Delta has focused on climate change issues and passed the review by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) in 2017, while proposing the goal of reducing the carbon intensity by 56.6% by 2025 with 2014 as the base year. Delta became the first enterprise in Taiwan and the 87th in the world to pass the SBTi review. Through internal efforts to implement 1,846 energy-saving solutions at its plants in 2018, Delta increased its global use of renewable energy ratio to 22%. With the purchase of International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs), Delta’s carbon intensity was decreased by 16.8% in 2018, surpassing the original SBT of carbon reduction by 16.5% for 2018.

To accelerate the transformation to low-carbon transportation in response to the UN's goal of keeping global temperature rise below 2°C, in 2018 Delta took the lead in joining the EV100 initiative for international electric vehicles, and is the first member globally that provides energy infrastructure for electric vehicles. Delta has also introduced the climate-related financial disclosure protocol as a supporter of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and continues to be proactive in implementing mitigation and adaptation work in response to climate change.

Delta has recently issued its 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. Delta's high energy-efficient products have helped its clients save 28.1 billion kWh of electricity from 2010 to 2018, reducing 15.06 million tons of carbon emissions. From 2011 to 2018, a total of 1,846 energy-saving solutions were implemented at its major plants, saving 230 million kWh of electricity and reducing about 186,000 tons of carbon emissions. As for energy conservation through green buildings, the 15 certified factories and 5 academic buildings that Delta has sponsored to build have saved 17.83 million kWh of electricity and reduced about 11,200 tons of carbon emissions. Delta is dedicated to fulfilling it corporate mission "To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow" and is committed to making greater achievements in energy conservation and carbon reduction.

#PAuto @DeltaEMEA @SPDJIndices 

Simplified motor integration for linear motion systems.

Mounting kit featured in improved Thomson Linear MOTIONEERING® online sizing and selection tool.

Thomson Industries has launched an upgraded RediMount option, a pre-engineered, modular adapter kit for seamlessly installing motors or gears in less than five minutes. The improved option is now the default for Thomson linear motion systems and precision linear actuators, and its capabilities are factored into optimal sizing recommendations generated through the company’s Linear MOTIONEERING product sizing and selection tool.

According to Alexander Schollin, Product Line Specialist EMEA & Asia at Thomson, “Lead time is minimised significantly as the motor or gear and systems can now be shipped with RediMount pre-installed. Whereas design engineers previously spent valuable time searching for the optimal motor flange kit and installing the individual components upon receipt, now they can order our upgraded solution, significantly reducing lead time and having only the simple task of bolting on their motor upon receipt.”

RediMount accommodates a wide range of motor types and sizes or gears, which can be mounted to linear motion systems and actuators faster and with less effort than ever before. “RediMount also includes updated smart part numbers with a specific motor ID, which reflect the motor or gear manufacturer and type,” added Schollin. “For engineers with old product numbers, we developed a translator, which converts the old product number to a new one including motor ID.”

Furthermore, by using the Linear MOTIONEERING tool, customers can now check if their motor is powerful enough and meets the specifications of their application. This is a critical enhancement for project-based machine builders and automation partners. Products now available with the enhanced RediMount kit include:

  • M (Movopart®) linear units: These are ideal for economical, transport-grade applications such as packaging, material handling and factory automation.
  • WH (SpeedLine) linear units: The units are designed for high-speed material handling and packaging.
  • WM (PowerLine), WV units (DynaLine) and MLS units (ForceLine) linear units: These units are developed for applications such as machine tool automation and test/measurement.
  • T-Series actuators (T60/T90/T130): These rod-style precision linear actuators are designed for use in material handling, machining and factory automation applications. They are ideal for replacing hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders.

RediMount facilitates various Thomson linear motion systems and precision linear actuators.

Finally, apart from reduced lead and engineering time on the overall system, RediMount is also designed with a flexible coupling that matches or exceeds the high input torque of the linear unit.

#PAuto @Thomson_Ind  @bcm_pr

Photoionisation detector.

Latest TVOC 2 incorporates well proven MiniPID 2 sensor technology for continuous detection of total volatile organic compounds

Ion Science has redesigned its TVOC fixed photoionisation detector (PID). Developed for continuous monitoring of total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs), the TVOC 2 features eye-catching new branding and incorporates the company’s latest market-leading long life MiniPID 2 sensor.

Their TVOC 2 has three selectable detection ranges of 0 – 10, 0 – 100 and 0 – 1000 parts per million making it ideal for monitoring applications in a range of industries including manufacturing, processing, offshore, refineries, petrochemical, chemical, waste and water treatment, indoor air quality and pharmaceutical.

By incorporating Ion Science’s MiniPID 2 sensor, TVOC 2 boasts Fence Electrode Technology for increased resistance to humidity and contamination allowing extended operation in the field. A robust and rugged design helps ensure accurate results in the harshest of working environments.

Ion Science’s TVOC 2 utilises a diffusive sample technique resulting in less contamination issues compared to pumped systems which reduces lamp cleaning and servicing requirements. The 4-20 mA analogue output enables TVOC 2 to be integrated into a Distributed Control System (DCS) to give warning or control of high VOC levels in the working environment.

The ATEX approvals enable a three wire TVOC system to be used in Zone 2 hazardous areas, without safety barriers. Plus, ATEX and IECEx approvals allow TVOC to be used in Zone 1 hazardous areas, with safety barriers.

Ion Science’s TVOC 2 is simple to install, service and calibrate and does not require a hot work permit. The MiniPID 2 sensor is accessible and changeable in a matter of seconds.

@ionscience @elhcomms #PAuto #TVOC

Chemical manufacturers applications discussed at Autumn events.

Seeq is expanding support for the chemicals industry and is currently working with over 30 of the top chemical companies in the world to help them leverage their process data to improve processes and profitability.

Seeq builds on machine learning and big data technologies to speed time to insight for diagnostic, descriptive, and predictive analytics. “The rapid pace of Seeq innovation is leading to bigger customer engagements and even faster insights and impact from production data,” says Steve Sliwa, CEO and Co-founder of Seeq Corporation. “We are growing the organization quickly to keep up with customer needs in training, use case development, and core feature development.” 

The company will have employees presenting use cases at several of the leading chemical events this autumn.

Julianne Wagoner, an Analytical Engineer at Seeq, will present Leveraging Advanced Analytics to Improve Production Outcomes at the Chem Show in New York (NY USA) on October 24th from 10:55-11:15 am. This presentation will feature use cases highlighting best practices in maintenance, repair, and overhaul as well as optimizing process efficiency, and will discuss solutions to common processing problems.

The AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando (FL USA) will feature Seeq’s VP of Analytics Engineering Lisa Graham, PE and PhD, who will be presenting Big Data Impact on the Future of Manufacturing on November 11th at 9:20am. This presentation will focus on the opportunity for innovation in chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing processes through the integration of human intuition and experience with big data, machine learning, and other software innovations.

Brian Parsonnet, Seeq’s CTO, will present at Advances at Process Automation & Control 2019 in Manchester (GB) on November 20th from 9:00-9:50 am. His plenary session, titled Addressing Practical Challenges of Process Analytics, will cover the opportunity for innovation in chemical manufacturing processes through the integration of human intuition and experience with big data, machine learning, and other software innovations.

 #PAuto #PHarma @SeeqCorporation @chemshow @ChEnected @IChemE

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Software-configurable analog front end.

New solution enables designers to create “platform” input modules for multiple product iterations, reducing cost and speeding time-to-market.

Analog Devices has introduced the AD4110-1 Analog Front End with integrated 24-bit ADC for industrial process control systems. AD4110-1 is a universal input AFE with an integrated ADC that allows customers to design a "platform" input module that they can configure for multiple functions. This saves significant R&D cost, reduces time to market and requires less design resources.

The high voltage inputs of the AD4110-1 are fully software configurable for current or voltage signals, allowing direct interface to all standard industrial analog signal sources. One reference design replaces many, reducing module size and decreasing cost of ownership. Software-configurable I/O is a key factor in the implementation of Industry 4.0.

The AD4110-1 is available today in 40-lead LFCSP packages. Key features include:
• Integrated, fully differential programmable gain amplifier (PGA) that offers 16 gain settings from 0.2 to 24
• Provides internal, front-end diagnostic functions to indicate overvoltage, undervoltage, open wire, overcurrent, and overtemperature conditions.
• The high voltage input is thermally protected, overcurrent limited, and overvoltage protected.

#PAuto @ADI_News

Touch operation made easier.

Touch operation is made possible by Algra Group's innovative strain gauge technology, Dynaforce, which turns rigid surfaces into an input front in the blink of an eye.

Strain gauge technology detects even the slightest deformation
Whether on your smartphone, at public machines or around the house - for many people, touch-based operation has become a firmly established part of everyday life. The Algra Group's strain gauge technology makes touch operation possible on more atypical surfaces such as metal, wood or even ceramics.

"The strain gauge technology recognises even the smallest deformations in the material layer," explains Dieter Matter, CEO of the Algra Group. "This is enough to activate the button and trigger a function." This technological feat is made possible by intelligent software and a sensor network that is made up of strain gauges. These can determine where you are touching and thus activate the button.

Freely combinable options
The Dynaforce sensors are extremely touch-sensitive and function without problems on sheet thicknesses of between 0.3 and 1.2 mm. There is one of these sensors for each button on the circuit board. This network of sensors then detects even the finest mechanical deformations and uses the intelligent software to filter out interfering signals.

As these sensors are force sensors, functions can be differentiated based on the force exerted upon the sensor. With a lamp, for example, a hard press of the button may cause the light to turn on, while a gentler press of the button could lower the brightness.

Another possibility is visual feedback through an LED or a display. In addition, you can choose any sound to play as acoustic feedback. With Dynaforce, these variants can be combined in any way you wish.

Design that is pleasing on the eye
Typical applications are designer products that are used around the house, in an industrial setting, or in a public space, as well as applications with high demands on robustness and water resistance. The input technology will blow you away with its elegant design, its easy installation process (peel-and-stick), its operational capability in a wide range of temperatures (-40° C to +85° C), and the fact you can operate the buttons even when you are wearing gloves.

#AlgraGroup #HMI #Switch

Ethernet switch for VME.

Abaco Systems has announced the GBX25 Level 3 Managed 6U VME NETernity Ethernet Switch. It provides unprecedented flexibility, delivering new levels of simplicity in configuring 6U VME network support and handling almost any network configuration while delivering industry-leading performance. The GBX25 represents the optimum switch solution for any user planning to create new systems based on the 6U VME architecture, or planning to refresh existing systems.
Supported interfaces include 10/100/1000BASE-T, 100BASE-FX, 1000BASE-SX, 1000BASE-LX, 10GBASE-SR and 10GBASE-LR.

Typical applications for the GBX25 include mission computing; fire control; radar; sensor/video aggregation and networking; and radar. It is also appropriate for industrial and automation applications.

For existing users of Abaco’s GBX24 and RM921B, the GBX25 represents a 100% pin-compatible technology insertion opportunity, delivering a simple, straightforward, cost-effective upgrade in capability and performance, while guaranteeing long term availability. It also represents an ideal enhancement for systems using Abaco’s RM922, GBX16 and GBX16A switches.

The GBX25 also provides support for the latest release of Abaco’s OpenWare switch management environment designed specifically for the military/aerospace environment, bringing new levels of flexibility, manageability and security.

A single flexible platform, the GBX25 allows virtually all 6U VME Ethernet switch solutions to be architected with a single product, whether front or rear (or both) I/O, copper or fiber, 1G or 10G. Up to four 10G SFP+ modules brings the ability to aggregate multiple 1G channels together. The 10G functionality makes it possible to use the switch as an aggregator of multiple video/sensor data streams to be sent via one or more 10G uplinks to other systems such as data servers or mission computers.

The use of SFP modules also brings the ability for customers to configure the GBX25 to fit their application precisely, and not be constrained by fixed configurations. Having a common platform allows for engineers to use the GBX25 in multiple systems without the need to relearn the capabilities of the product or how to configure the management software.

The dual I/O variant will offer up to 40 switched ports (24 rear VME ports and 16 front panel ports), potentially allowing for a single switch to replace two others that would need to be configured independently in existing systems. It can also make an important contribution to minimizing slot usage in a system, reducing its SWaP (size, weight and power) profile.

“While other companies are allowing their 6U VME offering to decline in competitiveness, Abaco remains committed to ensuring that users of VME systems continue to have access to the latest cutting edge switch fabric technologies, providing not only high performance but also longevity,” said Peter Thompson, Vice President, Product Management at Abaco Systems. “It is also further evidence of our commitment to our customers that we will help them minimize their long term cost of ownership.”

“The GBX25 offers increased capability in port density and data rates; lower power consumption than previous products; and the ability to guarantee the highest levels of security through the use of the latest release of OpenWare. It is a further demonstration of our belief in the long term viability of the VME architecture.”

The maximum non-blocking switching bandwidth of 340Gbps in the highest density version of the product provides more than sufficient headroom for even the most demanding applications.

Precision angle sensing.

Novotechnik has launched a variant of its RFC-4800 series with a CAN SAE J1939 interface that offers manufacturers and equipment designers of all types of commercial vehicles the vehicle network technology of choice for this well accepted industry standard. They are available in Britain through Variohm EuroSensor.

RFC-4800 application example:
steering feedback measurement
on agricultural machinery
Novotechnik's RFC-4800 series touchless technology angle sensors are well proven for industrial and mobile equipment measurement tasks.

The impressive specification for the new CAN SAE J1939 interface protocol version offers high immunity to interference, convenient cabling and diagnostic options and follows the comprehensive RFC-4800 series with a full 360 degrees rotation angle, angular positioning resolution of up to 14 bits, independent linearity of +/- 0.5%, and repeatability to 0.36 degrees. With the sensor to magnet air gap tolerance of up to 5 mm and relatively un-critical alignment requirements, installation is made easy - and with neither shaft nor bearing necessary, the installed costs are minimised. Measurements can equally be made through an air gap or through any non-ferromagnetic material.

Durability is guaranteed with vibration rated up to 20 g (IEC 600658-2-6) and shock up to 50 g (IEC 68068-2-27) whilst a choice of IP67 or IP6K9K protection and permissible ambient temperature between -40 °C and +105 °C ensures use in the most arduous vehicle conditions. As the two-part sensor and magnet design is completely contactless, the MTTF life is specified in units of tens and hundreds of years rather than hours. The compact sensor is installed within a 50 mm diameter and a height of less than 14 mm with various magnet/position marker options or separate magnets for direct fitting to the customer’s shaft or measured component.

The CAN SAE J1939 interface protocol version will provide precision measurement solutions for steering angle, throttle, and other angular position feedback tasks on commercial vehicles including trucks, vans, coaches, buses, and trailers as well as off-road mobile construction equipment, agricultural and forestry machinery, and more.

#Automotive @Variohm @mepaxIntPR @NovotechnikUS

Monday, October 14, 2019

Software framework tool for CNC machine tools.

NUM has launched a powerful new software framework tool that enables users of CNC machine tools to generate and test ISO part programs offline. The tool looks set to win across-the-board approval in busy machine shops, where an uninterrupted workflow can provide a key productivity advantage.

The new Flexium Office framework software runs under Windows 7/8 or 10 on any standard PC. It allows any of NUM’s technology HMIs (Human-Machine Interfaces) to be used for specific projects – without requiring access to the target CNC machine tool. The corresponding ISO part program can be created offline, and can also then be tested offline using NUM’s Flexium 3D simulation software, before being transferred to the target machine.

NUM’s application-specific technology HMIs form part of the company’s Flexium CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing) software suite. The HMIs cover every type of CNC machining operation, including hobbing, shaping, milling, threaded wheel grinding and cylindrical grinding.

After selecting the most appropriate technology HMI for the task, the user simply carries out basic data definition tasks for the project in hand, using the highly intuitive tools and workflow commands provided by Flexium Office. Multiple projects can be started and saved at any time – allowing collaborative team development if desired – and the framework software provides support for 14 languages. As soon as the user is satisfied with the process and workflow of a project it can be used to generate the corresponding CNC part program – entirely automatically.

The CNC program can either be transferred directly to a nominated machine in the production plant, usually via a TCP/IP network, or input to the Flexium 3D simulation software for thorough evaluation before being issued for production purposes. The key advantage of simulation is that it enables users to optimise any ISO-code part program offline, further helping to maximise productivity by leaving the CNC machine tool free for manufacturing purposes.

This simulation software is extremely powerful. It provides full visualisation of the tool centre point path and workpiece material removal, backed by automatic checking for collisions between machine components, the tool and the workpiece. The software creates a dynamic colour image, showing the workpiece as a 3D volume than can be rotated and viewed from any perspective.

Flexium Office framework software runs on any standard PC and has no special graphics handling requirements. It needs approximately 30 MB of free space on the PC’s hard disk or SSD, and a minimum of 4 GB of RAM due to the Flexium 3D simulation software. For maximum performance, an i3 or i5 dual core processor configuration is recommended.



Anglia has greatly enhanced its range of magnetic and piezo buzzer products following the signing of a distribution agreement with Cre-sound, a leading global manufacturer.

Commenting, David Pearson, Technical Director, explained that the move was in response to growing demand for smaller SMD sounders, driven especially by IoT applications. He explains, “Sound components are widely used where a product needs to give the user or operator an audible status sound such as on control panels. Buzzers are a quick, simple and economical way of providing a warning or confirming an operation. Cre-sound is an established, quality manufacturer, which exports over 95% of its production all over the world.”

Rose Song, General Manager at Cre-sound added, “Cre-sound is proud to partner with Anglia, a top distributor with a reputation for great service and strong technical support. We are an international business focussed on expanding our global sales, and we believe that Anglia will take us to new customers in the UK and Ireland.”*

* From 31st October there will be additional customs paperwork and possibly duties and/or VAT implication for shipments to Ireland (and other EU member countries). See out Brexit Deal or No Deal Page with  useful links

#PAuto  @angliaLive #Cre_Sound

Industrial thermal imaging camera.

The new Ti300+ professional 320 x 240 resolution thermal imaging camera has been introduced by Fluke.

The Fluke Ti300+ has the resolution and accuracy needed to clearly reveal temperature differentials or demonstrate progressive heat changes over time. Equipped with LaserSharp™ AutoFocus, the Ti300+ ensures focused images every time and enables the user to get clear images while maintaining a safe distance from operating equipment.

The Fluke Ti300+ Thermal Camera features 320 x 240 resolution, can measure temperatures up to 650°C, is engineered and tested to withstand a 2-metre drop and has manual or automatic focus. The Ti300+ offers the ruggedness and ease-of-use that professionals expect from Fluke for exacting reliability inspections, industrial maintenance, building diagnostics and troubleshooting.

Patented Fluke LaserSharp Auto Focus uses a built-in laser distance meter that provides both speed and precision. The laser-driven target detection pinpoints the target while the camera focuses to capture a precise, high-quality image. This offers:

  • easy capture of high-quality, focused images of the desired target with the push of a button
  • capture of infrared images through common obstacles like chain link fences
  • avoidance of skewed temperature measurements by precisely choosing the target
  • performing the same inspections multiple times as a part of a preventive maintenance programme - the built-in laser distance meter calculates and displays the distance to the target, making repeatability much easier.

The Ti300+ thermal camera is compatible with Fluke Connect™, the largest integrated system of maintenance software and tools in the world. Fluke Connect desktop software helps manage data, capture multiple measurements (mechanical, electrical and thermal), and organise them by piece of equipment into professional reports.

Fluke has revamped its entire line of industrial thermal cameras with more premium features packed into every model, providing higher value for the customer and allowing the company to reduce the number of cameras it offers to simplify the buying process.

#PAuto @FlukeCorp

Friday, October 11, 2019

Instruments for Texas refinery.

Endress+Hauser has secured the Main Instrument Vendor (MIV) contract at a large Texas refinery.

Endress+Hauser defines MIV services as a contract placed with a single instrumentation specialist partner to provide a total solution for a project including valves. From feed to operation, customers can save time, reduce cost and mitigate risk with one partner to ensure consistency and avoid ambiguities.

Endress+Hauser and its representative, Vector CAG, will support the refinery’s project. “Our customers are looking for a single point-of-contact to support all field devices required, consistent documentation, and consolidated freight with clean tagging,” said Jason Knuteson, VP Marketing, Endress+Hauser. “They want to leverage purchasing for multiple suppliers and at the same time have the ability to reprioritize as the project shifts. As a focal point of the project, we are able to build relationships with the other vendors to execute the scope effectively.”
Project services will include:
• Project Management
• Embedded Engineering
• Smart Plant Integration (SPI)
• Quotation
• Reporting
• Procurement
• Expediting & Prioritization
• Documentation
• Warehouse support with receiving, inspection, tagging and shipping
• Onsite Construction Coordination

As the industry implements IMO 2020 regulations, expansions such as these help refiners add capacity to meet the needs of the industry. IMO 2020’s proposed regulations aim to reduce sulfur content in fuel of marine vessels and limit future greenhouse gas emissions. Endress+Hauser and Vector CAG will closely support the project timeline to help the refinery maximize its potential.

“Through our partnership with our clients and manufacturing suppliers, the MIV concept is successful given the flexibility and adaptability to what our customers need to be successful on this project,” said Jared Boudreaux, President, Vector CAG. “After listening to what they needed, we adapted our process to match those needs. Working with the engineering firms and our client together to have a successful outcome is our goal.”

#PAuto #Oil @Endress_Hauser @Endress_US @Endress_UK @vectorcag

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Plug and play suite of kits and tools.

MeasureWare has been released by Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI). This is a plug and play suite of hardware measurement kits and software studio tools to help fulfil the growing need for precision measurement across multiple industries including precision agriculture, machine health monitoring, electrochemistry and other areas requiring precise measurement. The introduction of MeasureWare marries ADI’s electronic engineering experience with those who require real-time data insights yet may lack the time or expertise to digest corresponding datasheets or do complex firmware development.

ADI’s MeasureWare solutions are built to interface devices with the world around them, allowing users to more effectively measure the datasets necessary to their respective projects, such as temperature, weight, humidity, pH, pressure, etc. MeasureWare also offers flexibility to adjust and change measurement parameters as a project evolves. These solutions are currently being applied across such diverse applications as bee health monitoring, industrial monitoring, beverage production and cold chain for medication.

“We created MeasureWare to provide precision measurement solutions to a growing customer base seeking to leverage the best of ADI’s technology without needing to become fluent in component and hardware specifications, said Lorna Keane, Director of MeasureWare, Analog Devices. “With MeasureWare and our associated partner network, we support users throughout their entire measurement journey, with solutions that scale from idea to production.”

The intuitive MeasureWare Software Studio includes:
·      MeasureWare Designer: Provides hardware recommendations to support the customer’s specific needs of their application.
·      MeasureWare Lab: Once the hardware is received customers can quickly stream and view monitoring results in measurement units.
·      MeasureWare Developer: For the more advanced users; support preferences for host microcontroller and integrated development environments for application coding. Initially offering an ARM® Mbed sample project and API but other IDEs will be supported in the future.

The MeasureWare web ecosystem is a hub where customers can learn and share experiences while receiving support and ultimately get their prototype to production.

#PAuto @ADI_News